The City of Eastern Light
Guwahati is the capital of Northeastern state of Assam. It is one of the best places to visit in the northeast of India. This land of mountains is formally known as Pragjyotishpur which means the City of Eastern Light. Its etymological root derived from two words “Guwa” meaning areca nut and “Haat” meaning market.
This beautiful market hub lies between the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Its nature’s abundant beauty will be spoilt for choice in this charming city.
So, if you plan going to Guwahati, here is a list of the best places to visit in Northeast.
The temple is situated on the peacock island in the middle of Brahmaputra River. This peaceful place of worship is named after and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name Umananda comes from the two Hindi words “Uma” which was another name for Lord Shiva’s wife and “Ananda” means happiness. Island is one of the most beautiful places too.
The only way to reach Peacock Island is by water, so get ready for a memorable ferry ride!
Timings: 5:30 am to 6:00 pm
Ferry Cost: INR 20 onwards
A visit to Guwahati is incomplete without exploring the Kamakhya Temple. It’s located atop of the Nilachal Hill that believed to be a ‘Khasi’ sacrificial site earlier, now has a group of ancient temples.
The Hindu temple also known as Kamrup-Kamakhya dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest 51 Shakti pithas.
The temple is not just a famous pilgrimage site in Assam, but is also a unique temple in the country.
Curiously enough, the Brahmaputra River near Kamakhya turns red every year in the month of Ashaad (June). It is believed that the goddess ‘menstruates’ during this period, and thus the temple is closed for 5 days. The temple reopens for visitors after 6th day with a grand fair.
Timings: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm
POBITORA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
It’s well-known that Guwahati is the land of great wildlife. Your Guwahati holidays should definitely include a visit to the beautiful Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Additionally, the wildlife sanctuary sees an astounding diversity of bird species. It is a home to the great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, the River Dolphin and the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
The first safari begins at 6:30 in the morning, and if you’d like to catch the sunrise in the forest, then you definitely shouldn’t miss the morning safari.
Distance from Guwahati: 55 km
Timings: 6:30 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indians, INR 500 for Foreign Nationals
Jeep Safari Fee: INR 2000
Dipor Bil also spelt Deepor Beel is a stunning freshwater lake in south-west of Guwahati City. It is a home to a huge variety of birds. It’s also the major tourist attraction of Assam. The Lake is well known for its pristine beauty and biodiversity. This freshwater lake gets its water from the rivers of Kalamini and Basistha. It is considered to be the largest lake in the Brahmaputra Valley.
October to March is the best time to explore this beautiful place.
Distance from Guwahati: 13 km
Timings: 24 hours